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Old 03-04-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

I remember this phrase from those days in South East Asia.
Now I have mixed emotions....
Remember...I am just asking here.
While viewing our Classifieds I came across Tin Can Tourists Web Site in a reference...that led to a discussion about this Forum. NOT a pretty sight (as they say.)
Then I get a notice about the upcoming push for "sustaining membership..." (read dollars) here.....but after the previous mentioned info I feel like I am being screwed. I love this Forum and the info provided but now I wonder about the 'Social Knowledge" tie in.
I had always hoped it was set up and run by an Airstream Fanatic and not by some Web Site Administrator in it just for the $$$$$. At least someone that owned, and was involved with, an Airstream.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:35 PM   #2
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I remember this phrase from those days in South East Asia.
Now I have mixed emotions....
Remember...I am just asking here.
While viewing our Classifieds I came across Tin Can Tourists Web Site in a reference...that led to a discussion about this Forum. NOT a pretty sight (as they say.)
Then I get a notice about the upcoming push for "sustaining membership..." (read dollars) here.....but after the previous mentioned info I feel like I am being screwed. I love this Forum and the info provided but now I wonder about the 'Social Knowledge" tie in.
I had always hoped it was set up and run by an Airstream Fanatic and not by some Web Site Administrator in it just for the $$$$$. At least someone that owned, and was involved with, an Airstream.
The owner of this forum is the happy owner of a vintage Bambi.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:47 PM   #3
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To what, specifically, (link) are you referring?
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:49 PM   #4
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I remember this phrase from those days in South East Asia.
Now I have mixed emotions....
Remember...I am just asking here.
While viewing our Classifieds I came across Tin Can Tourists Web Site in a reference...that led to a discussion about this Forum. NOT a pretty sight (as they say.).......
I, for one, would appreciate it if you would provide a link to that "discussion". It would be interesting to "see how the other guys get on". I have spoken to Andy, the owner of this web site, at length on a couple of occasions back when I was a "member of the staff" here. Andy is the owner of a Vintage Airstream and he loves the product.

BUT, much to the chagrin of many, the internet is not free. It costs real money to host this site. If Andy makes a couple of bucks doing it, so much the better. It keeps this place functioning. Just my 2 cents.

And BTW, thank you for your service to our country, especially in such a troubled time.

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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I read the discussion you refered to.

It's no biggie in my mind and here's why.

You can enjoy this forum for free if you choose. No fee's are required to take part.

This is possible because companies pay Social Knowledge to advertise here.

Generally how much is paid depends on how many hits a forum has.

All the hardware and software costs money. Social Knowledge continually upgrades hardware and software to keep this forum functioning.

We benefit from Social knowledges business plan and advertisers ad costs.

It's a tad farfetched to expect a wealthy eccentric to pay all the associated costs out of pocket so a group of Airstreamers have a place to play.

Airstream like most companies is in business to provide a product for a profit. Only here others (advertisers) provide the profit while we enjoy the product.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:10 PM   #6
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I couldn't find it. From the context here I don't think it's anything that hasn't been mentioned before but now I am curious to read it since it has been referenced. What is the name of the thread or the section it is contained in over at TCT forums? Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:13 PM   #7
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...While viewing our Classifieds I came across Tin Can Tourists Web Site in a reference...that led to a discussion about this Forum. NOT a pretty sight (as they say.)...Then I get a notice about the upcoming push for "sustaining membership..."...
-classified?

guess what folks use them for FREE! try selling on ebay or in the newspaper or rv trade publications at that price...

-what isn't a pretty site?

the forum content is WHAT WE MAKE IT, mostly and when the mods don't get too cute about editing.

-what "push" for membership?

it's an annual thing and started this time of year.

i've got some issues with it too but IF really bugged we can each start our OWN forum or blogs...

and some have done just that.

the owner has to buy EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE for we can play in this sand box.

these virtual communities (like the dozen in the s.k.n.) are a growing phenomena and like the early www, free is a limited stage and time.

your concerns aren't exactly clear to me, so expand on them please. who's leading, what follows and how do we get out of the way?

without knowing the exact beef, we have had related threads and exchanges last year or longer back, like these ones...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...age-28559.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...member-34.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ion-36758.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...tudy-1988.html


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Old 03-04-2008, 08:20 PM   #8
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The owner of this forum is the happy owner of a vintage Bambi.
Dose he also cook, do his own home repairs, own a sail boat, travel, whitewater kayak, do fashion shows, do yoga, have an interest in the royal family, drive a Touareg, drive a Jeep, make no mistake this is a commercial venture hence the early retirement forum.

Not to mention the section restricted to owner of other high traffic sites. Ad sense makes good sense. More power to him it cost money to run the sites and it takes time.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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...More power to him it cost money to run the sites and it takes time.
i agree jim, but wouldn't it be MORE FUN is we promoted this version....

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...a wealthy eccentric to pay all the associated costs...
(where is that emoticon for wealthy eccentric)

and i think he does ALL of those things, while wearing a dress and hanging with the royal family!

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:36 PM   #10
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While viewing our Classifieds I came across Tin Can Tourists Web Site in a reference...that led to a discussion about this Forum. NOT a pretty sight (as they say.)
You can also pay TCT to be a member, or participate for free. If my memory serves me right someone also owns TCT.

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Old 03-04-2008, 08:44 PM   #11
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-classified?

........the owner has to buy EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE for we can play in this sand box......

......your concerns aren't exactly clear to me, so expand on them please. who's leading, what follows and how do we get out of the way?


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Good and precise comments, 2air'. Let's not forget the cost of bandwidth. I don't know the www from nuthin', but my guess is that the bandwidth costs far outweigh hardware and the (never ending) software upgrades.

Once again, can somebody provide the link? I wanna make sure I get it right before I go over there and tear up some real estate.

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I remember at least 2 other Airsteam sites before Andy made this one the premier site. Does Hunter still have her Yahoo Group? Hard work and knowledge is rewarded in our country. I belong to an MGA site which lets you use it for free but to post pictures or other things takes an upgraded membership, Airforums is a great deal and well run.
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You can also pay TCT to be a member, or participate for free. If my memory serves me right someone also owns TCT.

Like hemorrhoids I have more important things to worry about

Apply "Tucks" then keep on surfin' the AirForums!
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I had the pleasure of having dinner with AndyR and a friend just a few months ago when he was travelling around the US for the holidays. Great guy, very smart. I get the feeling he's smart as a whip when it comes to figuring out how to make a little money on the internet, while still providing these great forums for us to play in. Most of the money comes from advertising, and a little comes from members who want to pitch in and help out. If you help out, you see fewer ads, so it works either way. And He is an AS fanatic, and he does travel extensively as well. Most of all he's a nice guy, and that's why I am happy to volunteer my time as a moderator on this forum, help support the membership that finds this forum useful (or a vital part of their daily surfing), and I don't feel like my time is being taken advantage of for someone else to make money. This is a really special place, and I'm grateful AndyR has made it available to all of us to hang out in.
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